Harvard women's basketball wraps the regular season at Yale and Brown this Friday and Saturday. The Crimson and Bulldogs are set to meet Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m., before Harvard heads to Brown Saturday, March 7 at 6 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. The Crimson (12-14, 5-7) will be fighting to stay over .500 for the ninth-straight season.
Last Time Out
The hero on Senior Night, co-captain Erin McDonnell hit a long three to push Harvard past Columbia, 82-81, Saturday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. McDonnell finished with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Crimson. Junior AnnMarie Healy, who provided a clutch block late, paced Harvard with 21 points and 11 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the year. Senior forward Temi Fagbenle (16 points, eight rebounds), junior guard Shilpa Tummala (15 points) and classmate Kit Metoyer (10 points) rounded out the five Crimson players in double-figures. The win capped a 2-0 weekend, as the Crimson bested Cornell, 60-54, the night before. McDonnell was again the game changer, as she scored seven of her 15 points during a crucial 16-4 Harvard run.
2014-15 RECORD: 12-14, 6-6 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 47-30
LAST MEETING: W, 65-55 (2/7/15)
LAST WIN: Same
• Yale enters the weekend at 12-14, winning just one of six games since the teams last met. After starting Ivy League play 5-0, the Bulldogs have fallen victim to Penn and Princeton twice, Harvard and Cornell.
• No active Bulldog averages double-figures, but four contribute seven-plus points per game. Freshman guard Tamara Simpson leads Yale with 8.2 points per game, adding 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals. Sophomore forward Katie Werner paces the team in rebounding with 6.3 boards, adding 7.8 points.
• The Crimson leads the all-time series against Yale, 47-30, including wins in each of the last six meetings. Earlier this year, pressure defense and six triples by senior captain Erin McDonnell led Harvard past Yale, 65-66, at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson was led by a balanced scoring attack as eight athletes contributed to the final score. It marked the first Yale conference loss of the season and the win halted a seven-game Bulldog win streak.
• Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach, has coached the Bulldogs to 68 wins in the last five seasons. Under Gobrecht's leadership, Yale has also recorded the top two marks for most Ivy League wins in a four-year span with 34 Ivy victories set by the Class of 2013 and 33 wins set by the Class of 2014.
2014-15 RECORD: 10-16, 4-8 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 45-34
LAST MEETING: L, 83-80 (2/6/15)
LAST WIN: W, 87-67 (3/8/14)
• Brown has dropped five of the last six conference games after sweeping the Harvard-Dartmouth weekend. Brown last was swept at Penn (75-58) and Princeton (79-67).
• Jordin Alexander (15.5) and Sophie Bikofsky (12.8) are the lone double-figure scorers for Brown, although Ellise Sharpe, Rebecca Musgrove and Janie White all average 6.8-plus points per contest. White paces all rebounders with 6.0 boards per game. The Bears shoot 38.6 percent from the field, and are averaging 64.8 points in Ancient Eight play.
• Harvard owns the all-time series advantage with 45 wins in the 79 meetings. The Crimson had taken four-straight meetings before an 83-80 loss earlier this year. Senior forward Temi Fagbenle paced the Crimson with 28 points, adding 12 rebounds – including 10 offensive – and a career-high seven assists against no turnovers. Junior AnnMarie Healy chipped in her fourth double-double of the year with 18 points and a personal-best 13 rebounds, but it would not be enough to overcome the Bears.
• Sarah Behn was named the Elizabeth F. Turner '98 Coaching Chair for women's basketball on May 21, 2014, becoming the ninth coach in Bears history. Behn came to Providence after spending three seasons as the head coach of UMass Lowell, guiding the Riverhawks to Division I in 2013-14.
Temi Fagbenle became the 19th member of Harvard's 1,000-point club vs. Penn Jan. 31. The London product has totaled 1,121 career points through three seasons, good for No. 15 all-time. Barbarann Keffer (1983-87) is next at No. 14 with 1,169 points. Fagbenle holds a 13.2 points-per-game average for her career, good for eighth in Crimson history.
A Presence Down Low
Temi Fagbenle sits at No. 8 all-time at Harvard in rebounding with 764 career boards. Tricia Tubridy (00-04) owns 768 and is next on the list. Fagbenle also moved over the century mark in blocks with 105, good for fifth all-time.
It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard broke the record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer against Dartmouth (1/24/15). The Crimson has made at least one three-point field goal in 183 consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.
• A senior has paced the Crimson in scoring in 20 of the 26 games this season. Junior AnnMarie Healy has led the squad in seven games.
• Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in 20 contests. Erin McDonnell has posted double-digits the Crimson 23 times this season.
• The Crimson has knocked in five-plus threes in 18 games this season.
• Harvard has connected at a 75 percent or better clip from the free throw line in 14 games.
• Harvard's 22 wins in 2013-14 signaled the most since 2002-03.
• The Crimson sat at 19-3 last season when leading at the half. Harvard is 7-4 this season.
• Harvard posted an 8-0 record when allowing 59 points or fewer in 2013-14. Harvard is 5-2 this year.
• When scoring 80-plus points, the Crimson was 9-0 last season and 3-1 this season.
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a double-double with 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, has recorded 28 double-doubles over her career. Fagbenle has 11 double-doubles in 2014-15, most recently with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Cornell. It marks the second-straight season Fagbenle has reached 11 double-doubles, the most since Hana Peljto (15) in 2003-04. Fagbenle posted five-straight games with 10-plus in points and rebounds (Dec. 7-Dec. 30), recording the longest consecutive streak of double-doubles since Peljto in 2003-04 (nine).
After averaging 4.1 points as a sophomore, junior forward AnnMarie Healy has broken out this season, posting 12.9 points per game on 50.2 percent shooting. The Edina, Minnesota native has started 23 games – the first of her career – and is adding a personal-best 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.3 steals.
Let It Rain
Red hot from beyond the 3-point line, senior captains Erin McDonnell and Kaitlyn Dinkins are shooting 41.7 percent. Dinkins has attempted one field goal inside the arc this season, making 24-of-57. As a team, Harvard has made 6.4 threes per outing, with 33.3 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. Harvard ranks 89th in the NCAA in three point field goals made per game.
This and That
• Harvard is 10-4 when shooting greater than 38% from the floor.
• Harvard is 6-4 when making eight or more threes.
• The Crimson has utilized the arc this season, as five players (McDonnell, Curtis, Dinkins, Metoyer and Tummala) average 2.2 or more 3-point attempts per game.
• The Crimson is 4-0 when recording 19 or more assists.
• Harvard takes 7.2 more free throws per game in wins than losses.
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 530 career victories, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith passed former Princeton head coach Pete Carril (514) for most wins by an Ancient Eight coach on either the men's or women's side a season ago. Delaney-Smith also owns 311 career wins in the conference with her 300th coming against Yale Feb. 8.
Delaney-Smith, in her 33rd season at the helm of the Crimson, earned her 500th win last year, joining a group of 28 active coaches in Division I with at least 500 wins. She is also one of six active Division I head coaches to spend 32-plus years at one institution.
Boards on Boards
Temi Fagbenle ranks first in the conference with 10.1 boards per game, pulling down 10-plus rebounds in eight of the last 12 contests. Fagbenle stands 37th in the country in rebounds per game. A season ago, Fagbenle paced the Crimson in rebounding 17 times. A Crimson student-athlete has pulled down double-digit rebounds 22 times this season.
Help A Friend
Senior guard Ali Curtis has dished out five-plus assists eight times this season, most recently seven against Penn. The point guard holds 208 helpers over her career.
Four Crimson players shoot greater than 40 percent (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy paces Harvard with a 50.2 percent clip from the floor and Temi Fagbenle is not far behind, making 47.6. Despite taking almost exclusively threes this season, Kaitlyn Dinkins owns a 41.4 percent shooting average and fellow captain Erin McDonnell connects at a 41.7 percent clip.
Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2014-15, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, please visit www.IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com.
Use the all new Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
First to 600
Harvard recorded the 600th win in program history a season ago. Harvard was the first Ivy League school and first Division I program in Massachusetts to accomplish the feat. The Crimson was also the first Ivy program to 500 wins (Jan. 30, 2009 against Penn). The Crimson currently sits at 621-455.
Harvard sits at 23-18 all-time in Ivy League openers and 20-13 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard has opened against Dartmouth in 15-straight seasons, with Harvard holding a 9-6 edge in those contests.
Harvard is 20-21 all-time in season openers and 17-16 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The Crimson had lost three-straight season openers before defeating Colgate, 68-53, on November 15.
Harvard earned one first-place vote and was picked third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll before the season. The rankings nearly mirror the final standings from last season, where the Crimson went 11-3 in conference play and finished one game behind first-place Penn.
Last year, Harvard posted a 10-5 mark in true road games, its second-straight season with 10 road kills. The Crimson finished 13-6 overall when playing outside Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson has posted winning records away from home over the last three seasons. Harvard is 6-8 away from Lavietes in 2014-15.
We The People
A pair of Harvard basketball alums won election to office in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this year, as Charlie Baker '79 was elected as the state's new Governor and Maura Healy '92 was tabbed as the new Attorney General.
Healy was a four-year letterwinner on the women's team and was elected as co-captain for her senior campaign. She led the team to the 1991 Ivy League championship as a junior, and finished her career averaging 6.9 points, 3.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds.
Baker was a two-year member of Harvard's JV team before making the varsity squad as a junior for the 1977-78 season. Baker appeared in eight games that year for the Crimson, averaging 1.7 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. As a senior, Baker served as an assistant coach to the JV team.
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's basketball joined the Ivy League in 1974-75, the Crimson owns a 621-455 record, tops of all Ancient Eight schools. Harvard is the only Ivy League school with a winning record against all other Ivies.
School Overall Wins Harvard vs.
Brown 496 45-34
Columbia 234 57-3
Cornell 388 62-11
Dartmouth 556 44-33
Penn 475 49-26
Princeton 608 40-36
Yale 476 47-30
*including games on March 4
Just Keep Winning
Harvard finished the season at 6-6 at home. The Crimson recorded a 21-game home winning streak from March 2, 2012 through Feb. 15, 2014, marking the second-longest run all-time for Harvard at Lavietes. From 1996-98, the Crimson ripped off 22-straight wins at Lavietes – the record for the Crimson. Harvard posted a perfect 11-0 record at home in 2012-13 and finished 9-2 last season. Harvard has won 29 of its last 36 games at Lavietes.
Better and Better
Twelve (12) Crimson student-athletes have matched or bested their career highs in points, rebounds and/or assists this season: Ali Curtis (22 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists), Kaitlyn Dinkins (14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists), Temi Fagbenle (24 rebounds, 5 assists), AnnMarie Healy (21 points, 11 rebounds), Grace Keane (4 rebounds), Anna Lachenauer (9 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist), Erin McDonnell (13 rebounds), Kit Metoyer (8 rebounds, 7 assists), Destiny Nunley (7 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists), Kirby Porter (9 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist), Maddy Tessier-Kay (1 rebound) and Shilpa Tummala (5 assists).
Cleaning the Glass
As a team, the Crimson outrebounded its opponent 23 times last year. Harvard owned a 19-4 mark when controlling the glass. This season, Harvard is 10-9 when outrebounding its opponent.
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 39-4 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 61-17 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
The Crimson overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat NJIT Jan. 18, its largest comeback since Feb. 20, 2009 (defeated Princeton, 54-50, after trailing by 22). Harvard won four games a season ago when trailing at the half. The Crimson most recently overcame a two-point halftime deficit to take down Columbia, 82-81, on Feb. 28.
The Crimson owns a 1-0 record in overtime games this season. The Crimson is 13-6 in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard played its first contest with extra time since December 2012 against Holy Cross Nov. 25.